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The Republicans’ prosecutor may have helped undercut Kavanaugh’s defense

Kavanaugh claims he didn’t know a woman who we learned was going out with his good friend.

Christine Blasey Ford, left, the woman accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of sexually assaulting her at a party 36 years ago, answers questions asked by Rachel Mitchell, right, a prosecutor from Arizona. (Saul Loeb/Pool via AFP)
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When Christine Blasey Ford’s allegation about having been assaulted by Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh while both were in high school first emerged earlier this month, his response was direct.

“I categorically and unequivocally deny this allegation,” he said in a statement. “I did not do this back in high school or at any time.”

In an interview on Fox News this week, Kavanaugh went further, suggesting his familiarity with Ford was almost nonexistent.

“I may have met her, we did not travel in the same social circle, she was not a friend, not someone I knew,” he said. He dismissed Ford’s allegation as being “about a party in the summer of 1982 at a house near Connecticut Avenue and East West Highway with five people present.”

"I was never at any such party," he said.

Supreme Court nominee says the wait to testify against sexual assault allegations has been a destructive period for him and his family. (Video: Reuters)

That assertion got a bit wobbly once Kavanaugh released a copy of his calendar from the summer of 1982, the period in which the assault allegedly happened. That document shows a number of events that overlap with commentary from Kavanaugh’s 1983 senior-year yearbook in which he apparently refers to heavy drinking. It also notes several parties that Kavanaugh was scheduled to attend.

Many of those entries identify parties and outings with his friends. “Judge,” his friend Mark Judge, who Ford says was at the party where the incident allegedly occurred. “PJ,” Patrick Smyth, who Ford also says was there. And others -- Tom, Mark, Timmy.

On 13 occasions, Kavanaugh refers to someone named “Squi” on his calendar. It’s the name that crops up the most. Kavanaugh and Squi, who played on the Georgetown Prep football team with him, went to a Washington Bullets game, to Squi’s house in Rehoboth, to see movies, to the beach. On July 1, Kavanaugh, Judge, PJ, Squi and two others go to “Timmy’s for skis” -- an apparent reference to going to a friend’s house for beers (“brewskis”).

Squi was apparently also close to Ford.

The Republican majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee asked a prosecutor named Rachel Mitchell to ask questions of Ford during Thursday’s hearing, recognizing the trickiness of having the all-male members of the committee trying to undercut Ford’s testimony. At one point, Mitchell asked about her connection to Kavanaugh.

"I want to ask you about someone else. You mention that there was a classmate who really was the connection between you and Brett Kavanaugh," Mitchell asked. "Who was that person?"

Ford began talking about the mistaken-identity theory of the alleged attack posited by conservative lawyer Ed Whelan on Twitter earlier this month. Whelan offered an apparently meritless theory that the attack was committed by someone whom Ford mistook for Kavanaugh.

Mitchell seemed confused, returning to her question: Who was the person?

Ford explained. The shared connection to Kavanaugh was the person who Whelan suggested might be the real culprit.

"How long did you know this person?" Mitchell asked.

“Maybe for— a couple of months we socialized,” Ford replied. “But he also was a member of the same country club, and I knew his younger brother as well.” That was a couple of months prior to the alleged attack, Mitchell clarified.

Mitchell then asked Ford to explain the nature of her relationship with that person.

Christine Blasey Ford recounted and defended her sexual assault allegation against Supreme Court nominee Brett M. Kavanaugh on Sept. 27. (Video: Jenny Starrs/The Washington Post, Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post)

"He was somebody that, I will use the phrase ‘I went out with,’ " Ford said, using air quotes. “I wouldn’t say ‘date.’ I would say ‘went out with’ for a few months. That was how we termed it at the time.”

"After that we were distant friends," she continued," and ran into each other periodically at Columbia Country Club. But I didn't see him often."

That person, as you've likely guessed, was Squi. We know that because Ford described him as the target of Whelan's speculation and a photo from Kavanaugh's yearbook identified that individual as having the nickname "Squee."

Ford, in other words, claims that she had been going out with Squi for months before the alleged incident in the summer of 1982. Kavanaugh’s calendar from that year shows that he spent a lot of time with Squi as well. And Kavanaugh further alleges that he “may” have met Ford but that they “did not travel in the same social circle” and that “she was not a friend, not someone I knew.”

Mitchell’s apparent role was to undercut Ford’s story. By linking Ford to Squi, she may have helped undercut Kavanaugh’s.